27 | 6’1″ | Astana, Kazakhstan | 9-0 | 6 finishes | 5 KO/TKOs, 1 Submission | Combined Opponents’ Record: 47-17 | Best Win – Valmir Lázaro (19-7)
From Kazakhstan, Kabardiev had an extensive background in Pankration before coming to MMA. Kabardiev is still under the radar so maybe this year won’t be the year he gets to the UFC. He has a decent resume under his name and is super exciting so signing him before Bellator does will be a smart move.
With his style in the cage you can see his upbringing in Pankration. Kabardiev is a diverse striker/kickboxer at the range that moves in and out. He throws a lot of output while being tricky with feints. He blends his kicks/punches together and is good in the clinch with elbows and knees. Kabardiev is good at using trips and has had significant top position in fights. His takedown defense is sketchy but does scramble really well. He’s one of my favorite prospects across all weight classes.